Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that of the planned oxygen plants to be installed in hospitals, 1,595 or about 47% have already been commissioned.
The data was shared during a recent meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, which devises COVID-19 management policies for the capital.
Taking stock of the Covid situation in the State at a meeting, the Chief Minister wanted officials to lay emphasis on the use of medicines, which yield better results with fewer side effects.
Proposals to establish 10 additional oxygen plants of 7,400 LPM capacity ready, private hospitals to get ten plants, too.
It Minister KT Rama Rao inaugurated an oxygen plant, donated by Tech Mahindra Group, at St Theresa’s Hospital in Sanath Nagar on Monday.
The Director of Health had given September 1 as the deadline for the same.
This apart, tanks have been erected at Guntur GGH and Tenali hospitals to store the liquid oxygen.
The committee, whose suggestions were presented in the National Council for Clinical Establishments recently, has also recommended converting one third of all hospital beds into oxygen-supported beds.
It may be noted the Centre has directed the State government to establish oxygen plants in all GGHs of the State.
Telangana government in its new rules mandated that any hospital in the state with more than 100 beds have a Pressure Swing Adsorption plant of a certain capacity.
While 66 plants are being installed in Delhi government hospitals, 10 are being set up in central government hospitals and 84 in private healthcare facilities.
The policy aims to make Delhi self-reliant in the production of medical oxygen to meet any crisis or medical emergency in the future, the city government said in a statement.
Delhi battled an acute shortage of oxygen in April and May as hospitals in the capital sent out SOS calls to authorities to replenish their dwindling stocks.
The government has also issued a list of authorised agencies that can install the plant.
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